We had the good fortune of connecting with Cara Jade Myers and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cara, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
I would rather try and fail, than to never have tried at all. A career in the entertainment industry is not an easy path. Nor is it a secure one. It’s taken me over 12 years to get my ‘big break’. And during that time I have fought myself and others to not give up on my dream. To get ‘a real job’, and stop chasing something that continuously avoided me. But I didn’t. Every time I became scared or unsure of my next move, I would tell myself that even if I failed, at least I tried. I can’t regret trying. I will regret giving up. And that big break – I finally got it. Unfortunately I can’t announce anything for a couple weeks. But soon I will be on set on the biggest, most amazing opportunity of my life. A once in a lifetime role. I am so grateful for all I have been through to get here. All the hard times and failures. Mostly I am grateful I never gave up. Even when I really, really wanted to. So, my advice: live a life you won’t regret.
Cara was cast in Martin Scorsese’s latest film “Killers of the Flower Moon.” She will be filming in Oklahoma this summer.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m an actress and a writer. I started out an actress, then because of the many, many terrible, misogynistic, and racist scripts I was auditioning for, I started writing for myself. Plus, there is not many roles for Native Americans. Especially urban, or modern Natives. So, that’s what I write. I’m proud to have been apart of The 4th Annual Native American TV writers lab, as well as the 3rd Annual Native American Feature Film Writers Lab. But what I am most proud of is my upcoming role. I have signed an NDA, so I cannot say anything about the project, except that I am incredibly grateful, and humbled by the trust put in me to bring this character to life. It was not easy to get here. If it wasn’t for the support of my husband, I’m not sure if I would be where I am today. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is the importance of community. I have the most spectacular friends, and community with my acting studio – Crash Acting. We’re always rooting for each other, building each other up, and creating amazing works of art together! What I want the world to take from my story is – it doesn’t matter your past, you create your future. I had a lot of disadvantages growing up in my family. I had to deal with alcoholism, drug addiction, physical abuse, verbal abuse, and a sexual assault. But I made a choice to be different than the examples I saw, to break familial cycles. I made the choice to be better, and to treat those I come in contact with kindly.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
It’s a pandemic! No one is visiting me! But in a non-pandemic world- Disneyland Universal Studios We would eat at Bea Bea’s in Burbank. Sam’s Crispy Chicken because they have the BEST vegetarian chicken tenders. We would have to go see a play at Pantages Theater Griffith Park Hike Ruyon
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband Josh, is my biggest fan, supporter and cheerleader. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for his constant faith in me. He works so hard for us. Running his own accounting business – Media City Tax Group. And still making time for me. He always takes time to help me with self-tapes, and business advice, like setting up an S-Corp. I love him and his support so much!!
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